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Osteoporotic Fracture: A Sign Darker Things May Come Hip
A recent fracture could lead to a downward spiral of immediate subsequent fracture, mobility loss, and, potentially, death.1,2 In fact, 1 in 4 patients who had a hip fracture died within 12 months.3*
*A review of international publications published between 1959 and 1998 on the outcomes after hip fractures in men and women older than 60 years.3
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Dr. Nelson Watts, an endocrinologist formerly at Emory University and the University of Cincinnati, currently at Mercy Health—Osteoporosis and Bone Health Services in Cincinnati, discusses his views on the seriousness of osteoporosis, the importance of diagnosis, and the urgent need to treat after an osteoporotic fracture.
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An osteoporotic fracture is a sentinel event.4 Speak to your patients about starting treatment to reduce the risk of future fractures.

References:

1. Office of the Surgeon General (US). Bone Health and Osteoporosis: A Report of the Surgeon General. Rockville, MD: Office of the Surgeon General (US); 2004.

2. Johnell O, Kanis JA, Odén A, et al. Fracture risk following an osteoporotic fracture. Osteoporos Int. 2004;15(3):173-179.

3. Haleem S, Lutchman L, Mayahi R, Grice JE, Parker MJ. Mortality following hip fracture: trends and geographical variations over the last 40 years. Injury. 2008;39(10):1157-1163.

4. National Coalition for Osteoporosis and Related Bone Diseases. National Action Plan for Bone Health: Recommendations From the Summit for a National Action Plan for Bone Health. http://www.oif.org/site/DocServer/BoneHealthReport.pdf. Accessed January 10, 2017.